Lingayat math sex scandal: Accused seer denied bail, custody extended

Chitradurga, Sep 27 (IANS): Denying bail to rape accused Lingayat seer of the Chitradurga Murugha Math, a court in Karnataka's Chitradurga district extended the Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru's judicial custody till October 10.

Second Additional Sessions Judge B K Komala has also extended the judicial custody of accused number two, hostel warden Rashmi, till October 10.

As the accused seer's judicial custody ended on October 10, he was presented before the court and after its order, he was taken to the Central Jail in the district.

The court had earlier rejected his plea to consider bail on medical grounds and also denied him special permission to have food from the math and conduct worship during the imprisonment.

Meanwhile, Veerashaiva-Lingayat leaders have called a meeting on September 29 to discuss on the accused seer's decision not to step down as the head of the Chitradurga mutt in spite of the serious allegations under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The math, one of the richest among the Lingayat maths, has 3,000 branches all across the country and runs more than 150 premier education institutions.

The letter circulated among leaders of the community states that as the accused seer is not coming forward to step down, it would affect the heritage and prestige of the math, sources said.



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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Fortunately, no Hindu is supporting the accused seer. Greatness of my religion lies there!

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  • Raju, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Happy to note that no political pressure in investigation agency and the accused is released on bail .....

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Why he should be treated different than others?When one is found criminal or wrong he is equal to other criminals.Have to eat and sleep as others .No special treatment.He didnt act as Seer but as married man .Took the freedom of rape girls ,women as he wanted .So let him be as accused ,eat same food .No speciality.Seers must know to let off rich food since they have to give off to God .?so learn there something which you did not do in Math.Give back the good name of Math which it deserves.Be humble.

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  • Rizwan, Dubai/Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    The seer being a criminal of serious offence wants permission to worship inside the prison. Is this worship for divine intervention to save him from the judicial process. This is nothing but a drama. Will God accept his prayers.

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  • Kedhar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 27 2022

    As far as this Seer🤔is concerned, I think it is gone case. Don't think even the sessions court will give bail in the matter. Why he is continuing as Seer when everyone has seen through him, he only might know. In days gone by many Bapus, Seers have escaped scrutiny. Nowadays it is very difficult. You will be caught literally or otherwise with your Pants Down if you try to be too smart.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 27 2022

    Appreciate the court for its actions. Poor people are fodder for the powerful, this perception if any must stop, and NOW. How many poor parents would have ground their teeth in vain, seething with anger? If proven, punishment should be exemplary and there should be no mercy.

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  • CS, Kudla

    Tue, Sep 27 2022

    Now he will have health related issues. His lawyer will seek for bail.. Drama starts.

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 27 2022

    Only God knows insider story. All we know he must be having a 5 star luxurious life better than before paid by tax payers. After all he holds the key voters list.

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